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If you are diving into the first week of the school year right now, good luck! This is one of my very favorite times to be an educator. No matter what grade you teach or position you work in a school, energy is high this time of year. Kids won't admit it, but most are excited to be back in school. And at least for me, so am I. It's a time of new beginnings and fresh slates.
This is why I think how we plan the first week and what our focus is during it is so vital. This is the week where you start relationships with students. It's where you set the tone for your class, expectations, culture, and everything else.
In the video above, I talk about some of the activities I do in this first week, and share a story about how the power of the beginning of the year can have a huge effect on the rest of it.
By Joyce Wilson
Summer side-gigs can be hard to find if you don’t know where to look, and while some teachers have the summer months free to do as they please, others have families to support and need extra income when the weather turns warm. It’s important to know all your options, and these days there are actually quite a few when it comes to earning cash outside of your full-time job. Whether you want to keep it temporary or hold onto it once school starts again, there are lots of gigs around if you know where to start.
First, think about what your needs are. Do you need specific items to run your business? Will there be any start-up costs involved? Starting your own business or becoming self-employed can sometimes require materials, whether it’s art supplies to make handmade crafts or a car that will allow you to work for a ride-sharing service. Once you’ve figured out exactly what you’ll need to begin, create a budget and a business plan. This might require you to get organized and think about details such as opening up a business bank account to keep all your transactions separate from your personal accounts.
Here's are some tips to consider when looking for a summer gig.
Consider your needs.
Whether you need a job that provides flexible hours so you can spend time with your kids, or one that will allow you to work from home, it’s important to figure out your needs in the very beginning in order to narrow down the field of job choices. Once you do that, you’ll be able to see pretty clearly what will work for you and what won’t.
Do some research.
A side-gig is defined as any job that is either part-time or temporary, meaning there are various ways you can earn extra cash. From allowing your creativity to flourish by selling your artwork online to starting your own business, it’s really up to you how you choose to proceed. You might open up an Etsy shop, sell gently used or vintage clothing online, break into the sharing economy, become a blogger or freelance writer, or take on freelance photography gigs. Or, you might put your teaching skills to good use and become a tutor or educate in a different field, such as teaching English as a second language online. Think about where your passions lie and let that be your guide.
Set goals for yourself.
Setting goals for yourself is about more than just making money; being successful at something means knowing how to find the things you’re good at and make the most of them. It’s also about knowing what not to do. For instance, if you love to paint and decide to turn that into a full-time job, will it be hard to create once you have to do it? Make things easier on yourself by setting small, attainable goals to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
Many of the aforementioned side-gigs require you to work for yourself, which takes a lot of self-discipline. Knowing how to divide your time between work and your other responsibilities is essential, as is being careful about cutting out distractions. One of the best ways to do this is to create an office or desk space that is free of clutter and closed off from the rest of your home so that when you’re working, you won’t have to worry about struggling to get things done.
Finding the best summer side-gig for your needs doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming. With a little research and a good plan, you can start earning quickly, and it may even turn into something you can do year-round rather than just temporarily.
For more work by Joyce, check out Teacherspark.org